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Tasty Temptation

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha

Subject: Cupcake Temptation


Sara walks in after work, and immediately pauses.


What’s that smell? I smell…sugar!”


Ann made cupcakes.” Tabitha explains, with a mixture of desire and disgust on her face.


How am I supposed to lose weight with cupcakes in the apartment? Ann!”


Just don’t eat them?”


Yeah. That’ll work.” Sara says sarcastically.


Maybe you could burn them a little?”


If you can hold off until Scott and Billy get home, I’m sure you won’t have to resist for long.”


You can do what I’m doing. I’m drinking as much water as possible so that I don’t feel like eating.”


She’s also spent 10 minutes of every hour in the bathroom.”


Small price to pay. There are probably three hundred calories in one of those things!”


They do look good though.” Sara stands in the kitchen, mentally debating whether she should have a cupcake or not.


These have strawberry icing, it’s slightly pink.” Ann says, indicating a group of cupcakes on the counter.


Chocolate cupcake, strawberry frosting…I think I’m sold. I’ve been good today..I’ll go for a walk later. Yeah..” Sara grabs a cupcake.




Delicious! You’ve got to try one Tab.”


Fine. I give in. Who needs to be thin anyway right?” Tabitha consents.


Here, vanilla cupcake, chocolate icing.”


Mmmmm!” Tabitha moans while chewing.


Great cupcakes Ann. And the apartment smells great too.”


I’m surprised it hasn’t woken Frank up yet. Or is he not here?”


You can never tell with that one.”


April 28th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, food
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Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Sara’s Soliloquy


Everyone’s sitting around eating dinner, spaghetti and meatballs, when Sara starts talking.


I was thinking about the Internet today.”spagandmeat


Mhmm Mrrhagrm?” Scott mumbles, spaghetti dangling from his mouth.


It really changes as you get older. When you’re young, you go on and everything is exciting and new but you don’t really get a full sense of just how big it is. You almost expect to run into people you know everywhere. The percentages go up if you are on local sites, but it’s still very unlikely. Yet you still think you’re going to run into classmates or friends in random places on the web.”


Sara pauses for a bite of meatball.


Then you get a little older. You’ve dabbled in the place a lot. You’ve found blogs, and irc channels, and chat rooms and youtube and digg and all those ‘popular’ sites. You’ve learned that while you aren’t likely to run into random people you know in real life on the web, the people you do run into can become friends easily. You become a little egotistical in that you think you know everything.”


Sara takes a sip of her wine.


You start to assume that if you haven’t heard about something, it probably didn’t happen. Or that it just isn’t important. You’ve added silly Internet catch phrases like ‘all your base are belong to us’ and ‘fail’ to your vocabulary, yet disdain others like Anime style smilies or l8r; dismissing the latter as AOL speak.”


Sara takes another sip of wine.


Tabitha glances at the empty wine bottle in the kitchen. “How much wine have you had already Sara?”


I’m not done! Shh.”


As time goes on and you’re still discovering new things, you start to realize just how vast the world, and the Internet, are. You learn just because a site doesn’t come up on digg or slashdot or your favorite portal site doesn’t mean that it’s not cool, or that it hasn’t been around and successful. You learn how easy it is for a new site or idea to come into being, take off, and suddenly be all the rave. You discover things that you never realized were there and scratch your head thinking ‘How did I not know about this?’ You become a web disciple, fully believing that if there is information to be had, you can find it on the web somewhere. You probably blog recreationally and contribute to Wikipedia by this point.”


Sara takes a sip of wine, and picks up her fork and spoon and begins eating again.


Next week on ‘Life According to Sara’…”

April 24th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, life
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Scott’s Spare Change


Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Frank, and Scott.

Subject: Scott’s Spare Change


Scott Ann and Frank are walking home when Scott stops in front of a store.


Hang on guys, I want to grab some chips to snack on tonight.”


Ann and Frank follow him in and watch him pick out a bag of BBQ chips and a bag of regular potato chips.


Clerk: “$5.82”


Scott digs into his pocket for a $5 dollar bill, three quarters, a nickel, and two pennies and pays.


Exact change? Of 82 cents?” Frank asks as they walk out.


You’re weird. I always figure if I need more than two coins to make the exact amount to just pay will bills and get change.”


I have so many coins. I’m only paying exact change from now on. It’s so liberating! You should try it. No fumbling to put away change, no fishing out quarters from the washing machine.”


You’re crazy. So that’s it? Always exact change from now on? What are you going to do if you run out of coins while you’re out?”


I just won’t run out.”



That’s gotta be more hassle than it’s worth. Why not just take the pile to the bank or a Coinstar machine or something?”


No. Money is meant to be spent. It wants to get out there, not rot in some bank.”


Okaaay. You keep doing that.” Ann says, unlocking the door to the apartment and going in.

April 21st, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, life
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Frank’s Rant

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Frank’s Rant


Stupid weather! Why has it been cold, windy or rainy all week? Where’s spring and summer? Baseball has started. It’s supposed to be warm. I’m tired of jackets!”


Well April showers bring May flowers!”


And I care about flowers? Are there natural flowers on this island anyway? It’s all concrete. Everything that grows is planted and watered and cultivated!”


What do May flowers bring?”


Tabitha and Billy together: “Pilgrims!”


You guys are dorks.”


Everything’s so dreary. The economy sucks, I somehow owe money to the government, I haven’t been able to sleep in days and I haven’t had a date in a month!”


Maybe you should try keeping more normal hours. I can’t imagine it’s easy to meet women at four am.”


Not the cheap kind anyway, if you know what I mean.” Scott winks.


Actually, that probably is the cheap ones. I’d imagine the higher priced ones have already found a client by then, not looking for the first drunk guy to stumble out of a bar.”


I’m not that desperate anyway! Screw them and their diseases! Wake up at the crack of dawn like Sara? Not for me! Maybe I need to take a trip somewhere. Get out of the city, connect with nature.”


Maybe you just need some fresh air, and some outside stimulation. But let me know if you go somewhere. I worry.”


Yes, I know you worry. I’ll keep you updated. Maybe I should make a twitter account and update it constantly so you know exactly where I am at all times!”


Or we could install a GPS tracking device on you.”


Perfect. I’ll get right on that. Maybe I’ll just get it implanted into my shoulder. Fine, fresh air. I’m going for a walk. We have an umbrella right? Oh, I see it there drying from when Ann came in. I’m borrowing it. Talk to you later.” Frank takes the umbrella and leaves.


That was quite a rant.”

April 15th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, life, rain, weather
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Tribeca Film Festival


Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Tribeca Film Festival


Tribeca Film Festival tickets go on sale soon. Who wants to see a movie or two?”


Got anything interesting playing this year?”


Come over here and look with me.” Frank and the others gather around the computer.


Oooh, The Bather.”


A four minute short with the description of ‘A woman is observed showering behind a translucent curtain.’ I’m gonna say no to that one.”


You’re no fun!”


I do like the shorts though. You get eight or so different movies, and if one sucks, you only have to suffer through a little while before you get another chance at a good one.”


But what if they all suck?”


Then at least it was an experience..”


Read Wonderful World. World’s most negative man? Sounds almost like Frank!”


Chick flick though. Sounds like he’ll end up positive in the end.”




Might be a growing experience for Frank.”


How about a horror, The House of the Devil?”


Horror movies usually suck..I think Tribeca will be even worse.”


True, remember when we saw…what was it.. that French film with the siblings that didn’t know each other?”


Sheitan. That sucked. This House of the Devil sounds like the grudge a bit.”


It even has a rather generic horror name.”


Okay, no horror. I’ll see whatever. You guys pick, I have to get to work. Tell me how much I owe.” Billy departs.


How about I narrow down the list, and we all vote on one or two tonight? Then I’ll buy them.”


Sounds good.”

April 14th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor
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Betty the Decorator

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Frank and Scott.

Subject: Betty the Decorator


Large mocha for me Scott. And don’t skimp on the espresso.”


You gotta pay for this one though.”


That’s fine. Hey, why is that woman sitting in that chair in the middle of the store? And facing away from the table that was next to it?”


That’s our interior decorator.”


Starbucks has an interior decorator now? No wonder you guys are struggling.”


Just us, and we don’t pay her. She comes in at precisely 2:42 every day, which usually ends up being within a moment of us having just brewed a fresh pot of coffee.”


And then she has to sit just so?”


I guess. She spends a couple of minutes adjusting the chair, moving it around. Something about having to have an equal view of both the door, and the cash register.”


That’s a little weird. Hope she’s not scoping out the best way to rob you.”


Sounds a little more OCD to me. We call her Betty.”


Why Betty?”


Because that’s her name. It’s on the credit card she uses. You owe me $4.82.”


Seeya later.” Frank says, paying and exiting.

April 10th, 2009 by Frank in 6th Floor
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Time Travel

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Time Travel


Scene: Catalina’s


If you could time travel, where would you go?”


When would you go.”


When was implied by the time travel bit. When and where would you travel to?”


1921. Polo Grounds. I’d want to see the Yankees and Babe Ruth. See just how different baseball was, and just how awesome Ruth was.”


That’s an intriguing one. I wouldn’t mind checking out some of the major events in baseball history either.”


It’s probably a corny answer, but I’d check in on my family. I’d love to watch my grandparents on a date for instance.”


Maybe witness your conception?”


Frank bursts out laughing.


Scott! No, I think I could do without that.”


I would probably stick to history. Watch Martin Luther nail the 95 theses to the door, peek in on Xerxes, have a glass of mead with Beowulf.”


I’m not sure Beowulf was a real person..”


So I can’t use my imaginary time machine to go to imaginary places? How does that make sense?” Billy complains.


Cindy, the waitress, comes over to drop off drinks.


What about you Cindy, if you had a time machine, when would you go?”


Cindy: “Oh, I couldn’t go until at least 2. I’m working all night.”


Straight up Cindy.” Frank says, putting his drink back on her tray.


Cindy: “What? I don’t see anything.” Cindy says, looking up.


My drink. I wanted it straight, no ice.”


Cindy walks away.


I might be willing to witness her conception. Must’ve been some fun drugs involved that night.”


That’s for sure.”

April 8th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, baseball
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Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy.

Subject: Wegmans


As many of you know, or don’t know, Frank went to school in Buffalo. While there he discovered Wegmans. Wegmans rocks, especially when compared to the grocery stores in the NYC area. It’s just the little things, and hard to explain if you haven’t been there. Frank developed an itch to go there, and decided to make the hour plus trip to the closest one in New Jersey.


I can’t stand it anymore, I want a chicken finger sub, from Wegmans.”


Isn’t the closest one in like Ocean, or Bridgewater somewhere? We could probably drive it..”


Drive to Jersey for groceries? Are you nuts?”


Hey, don’t knock it if you’ve never been there.”


Guess it’s not the most crazy trip you’ve made at the last minute, but it is rush hour. Going to be fun getting out of the city.”


I don’t have anything better to do tonight. Do you?”


Tabitha pauses. “Truthfully no. Fine, I’m curious what all the fuss is about, but I’m bringing a book to read in the car..and our grocery list.”


Shot gun!”


Coming Billy?”


I drive back and forth from nowhere to nowhere at work, I don’t need to do it after work too. I’ll stay here. Bring me back some cool cheese or something.”


Will do. Let’s go. You know how to get there right?”


GPS. 21st century. Get with the program!”


Right right, blind trust in technology. You haven’t met many developers have you?”


I’ll get us there. Come on, I can’t remember if I have gas or not and I want to get out of NYC as fast as possible before the traffic piles up.”


When was the last time you drove anyway?”


Probably three weeks ago when we went out to Sue’s in Jersey.”


Right! And you got gas. It was Jersey, Ann told you you were obligated.”


I was obligated, you’re right. I guess we’re good. That means I can use the bathroom before we go.”


And that was where it all went downhill.


We got stuck in traffic.

From Pictures



Then we got lost, because the GPS died.


We did eventually find it, and it was awesome.

From Pictures



Then we got stuck in traffic coming home. I miss the subway.

April 2nd, 2009 by Tabitha in 6th Floor
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